For those of us who remember that historic landing on the moon, it was indeed a very momentous event. Fifty years ago we put a man on the moon. It was Sunday, July 20, 1969, 3:17 Eastern Standard Time the lunar lander carrying Neil Armstrong and Buzz Aldrin landed on the moon.
Buzz Aldrin had with him the elements for Communion—bread and wine. He radioed: “Houston, this is Eagle. This is the Lunar Module pilot speaking. I would like to request a few moments of silence. I would like to invite each person listening in, whoever or wherever he may be, to contemplate for a moment the events of the last few hours, and to give thanks in his own individual way.”
Later he wrote: “In the radio blackout, I opened the little plastic packages which contained the bread and the wine. I poured the wine into the chalice our church had given me. In the one-sixth gravity of the moon, the wine slowly curled and gracefully came up the side of the cup. Then I read the Scripture,
I am the vine, you are the branches. Whosoever abides in me will bring forth much fruit. I ate the tiny piece of bread and swallowed the wine. I gave thanks for the intelligence and spirit that had brought two young pilots to the Sea of Tranquility. It was interesting for me to think: the very first liquid ever poured on the moon, and the very first food eaten there, were the communion elements.”
Then he quoted Psalm 91:4 He will cover you with his feathers, and under his wings you will find refuge; his faithfulness will be your shield and rampart.
I am fascinated by the fact that Buzz Aldrin thought that even while sitting on the moon surface for the first time, it was important to remember what Christ had done for him. Shouldn’t we also consider remembering Christ’s sacrifice an important and significant event?
Dr. Wayne Shaw (R-Grove) has been a member of the Oklahoma Senate since 2014. Prior to that he served as the senior pastor at First Christian Church, Grove, for many years.